Industrialised World Intransigence on CO2 emissions dooms Climate Negotiations

 

Africa abandons Barcelona's pre COP15 climate talks - Anger in the streets at rich nations inaction. Copenhagen Climate Treaty appears doomed - delays likely. Delay is not an option, delay kills.

This week (Nov 2 - 6) the Barcelona International Climate Change Talks are happening, five days of formal negotiations, in the lead up to COP 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009. Already Barcelona has seen a Manifestation in Barcelona streets - "The climate is not for sale" (Youtube vid | report), Outdoor film screening in city streets of Age of Stupid, TckTckTck wake up call for climate talks, Greenpeace banner drop (Youtube), Anarchist night greeting, Africa boycott U.N. climate talks (Grist report), Evening Water Lobby group targeted, and the Main entrance shut down by activists.

Conservation organisations have warned that the Copenhagen climate treaty threatens to subsidise the destruction of the world's remaining rainforests instead of financing their protection. In Indonesia Greenpeace established a Climate Defenders Camp to preserve Rainforest peatlands (Youtube Video). On October 24, 2009 people in 181 countries came together through 350.org calling for carbon emissions to be capped at 350ppm. It was the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history, at over 5200 events around the world, many of them reported on the Indymedia Network. (Photos)

See also: Barcelona IMC | Indymedia Ireland | Climate IMC
Climate Code Red: the Case for a Sustainability Emergency | Carbon Equity

Scientific studies have assessed the safe level in parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as 350ppm. "If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm" This finding is based on the work of James Hansen and his team in a paper titled "Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim.".

The 2007 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report talks about the developed economies needing to reduce emissions 25 to 40% below 1990 levels to have a reasonable chance of holding warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Scientists in March 2009 called for Rapid Sustained Effective Action required to avoid Dangerous Climate Change.

According to Climate policy analyst and author David Spratt "In Bali two years ago, the European Union proposed a framework that included global emissions peaking in 10-15 years and for developed countries to achieve emissions levels 20-40% below 1990 levels by 2020. The United States, supported by Australia and others, strongly opposed this. In a flood of tears and acrimony, the final Bali session sat through the night to produce a compromise that mandates 'deep cuts in global emissions', with footnote references to the 2007 IPCC report." (Climate Code Red: Copenhagen reality check: 25% by 2020 isn't in the ball park) See also: Climate Change Road map Agreement Reached in Bali Meeting

Pratt says that "The research tells us that a 2-degree warming will initiate large climate feedbacks on land and in the oceans, on sea-ice and mountain glaciers and on the tundra, taking the Earth well past significant tipping points."

"Likely impacts include large-scale disintegration of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice-sheets; sea- level rises; the extinction of an estimated 15 to 40 per cent of plant and animal species [PDF- Extinction Risk of Climate Change, Nature (2004)]; dangerous ocean acidification and widespread drought, desertification and malnutrition in Africa, Australia, Mediterranean Europe, and the western USA." said Pratt on his blog.

Sea Level is forecast to rise by 1 metre or more this century. Damien Lawson from Friends of the Earth Australia pointed out that research examining the paleoclimate record shows sea level rises of 3 metres in 50 years due to the rapid melting of ice sheets 120,000 years ago. "We need to take off the rose coloured glasses. Our planning for cuts to carbon pollution and dealing with sea level rise should be based on the worst case scenarios, not the best." he said (Australia: Impacts of Rising Sea Level a wake up call on Climate Change)

The Industrialised countries of North America, Europe, Australia and Asia Pacific (Annexe 1 Countries) have ground negotiations to a halt in Barcelona by failing to agree to their new targets under the Kyoto Protocol, according to the Group of 77 comprised mainly of African nations plus China. The African delegates boycotted talks until rich countries say how much they will reduce their carbon.

Kamese Geoffrey of NAPE/Friends of the Earth Uganda warned, "Rich countries are attempting to dodge their legal and moral responsibilities to reduce emissions. Developing countries and communities have historically had practically no fault in the creation of climate change, yet they will be the first to face the devastating impacts of climate change." according to a report on Grist.

The chief negotiator for the European Commission has announced in Barcelona that the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass legislation before December has doomed the chances for success in Copenhagen. Europe now expects that a binding climate treaty may take a year or more to achieve, while industrialised nations continue dithering on emission reductions and propose insufficient emission reduction targets of 5-20% by 2020 when scienists say 40% or more targets are required. (Grist - Europe places outcome of Copenhagen squarely on Obama)

Friends of the Earth has called called on President Obama to earn the Nobel Prize he was given for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy. "Change we can believe in isn't a continuation of Bush era climate policy," said Kate Horner, policy analyst at Friends of the Earth U.S. "To earn his Nobel, President Obama must put an end to this isolationist nonsense and commit to acting cooperatively to solve the climate crisis."

Antje von Broock, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Germany said "The rest of the world seems to be suffering from a severe case of amnesia, forgetting that we have once already allowed the United States to severely weaken international climate agreements," referring to the policy positions taken by the United States during the negotiations to establish the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. "The European Union must not fall into the same trap again." she said in a FOE media release.

Background Articles

Background Audio

Background Video

  • James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss - Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change. Filmed July 2009

add a comment on this article

save the oceans

aristocrathic anarchist 06.Nov.2009 22:06

part of the problem is the north west activists in the u.s. want to blame the u.s. military for the drugs coming into the country while shunning the fishermen who have been demanding a reprimand of the international maritime organization members who have spilt oil on 3 seperate occasions in the last 4 years in our natural resources.(selendang ayu,cosco busan,and dubai star and cougar ace)..the industrial shipp;ing conglomerates out of hong kong ( international maritime carriers ,c.e.o. frant tsao) pays off senator dodd, senator cantwell and other s whilethe competing shipping companies in hong kong (fleet management services) and mitsui,and hanjin and china shipping, and others make 10's of billions of dollars then invest in more demise of sustainable resources such as the food supply,the soil ,the water ,and the air so as to get richer quiker destroying with (money worshippin) mining ,drilling that end up paying off our senate and congress and thier staff to capitulate not onlly charging the proper port rates( at present the seattle libraries have to close earlier and earlier to make up for budget losses directly linked to the property taxes being raided by the city mayor and the governor who end up covering the debt of port operations casused by travel junkets paid to port officials and staff who sign off on dicounted port rates that have to be paid by local prperty taxes while the 3rd world industrialist take 10's of billions out of the u.s. while leaviing 10's off millions in unnecessary debt (as a form of charity to 3rd world ) who end up using some of the extra money to show how cold hearted and savvy they think they are buying off our constituional integrity and our congress through poitical action committes fronted by law firms hired by china and india who among other entities squeeze through the cracks of integrity and take over lobbying arms of shiping known as INTERCARGO", IN CONNECTICUT....

FREE MAMA EARTH,, SAVE THE REAL SALMON RUNS S.E. ALASKA.. RENEGOTIAT THE DISCOUNTED PORT RATES THAT TOOK 6 CRUISEBOATS AND TURNED IT INTO 400 IN A 3 MONTH PERIOD DUMPING 1 MILLION GALLONS OF DEOXYGENATED SEWAGE EVERY WEEK PER BOAT RIGHT IN THE SALMON SCHOOLS COMIING TO REBIRTH... ALL WHILE GETTING CHARGED $7.00 -$7.50 PER PASSENGER WHEN IT COSTS $150.00 PER TO RUN THE PORT TERMINALS COMPLETELY SUBSIDIZED BY U.S. TAX PAYERS THAT CAUSE STARCRUISES OF HONG KONG, MICKY ARISON OF BERMUDA AND BAHAMAS OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS TO BY PASS TAXES AND BRING THE U.S. CLOSER TO 3RD WORLD STATUS WHEN WE CANT PROVIDE ADDITONAL COMPUTERS AND LIBRARY TIME BECUZ THE MONEY HAS TO BE SPENT SWEEPING UNDER THE RUG THE 70 MIILION DOLLARS IN DEBT CASUED EVERY CRUISESUMMER SEASON BY THE CRUISBOAT COMPANIES ( ALL OFFSHORE OPERATORS WHO DONT ADHERE TO U.S. LAW BUT SOMETHING CALLED DUTCH RULE OF LAW ) ... WHILE THE PORT OF SEATTLE AND OTHERS SHAKEDOWN THE QUALITY TIME OF OUR LEGISLATORS UNDERMING GLOBAL WARMING CONCERNS AND LEGISLATION BECUZ NOW THAT ITS COST OVER 120 MILION TO MAKE 4 DIFFERENT CRUISE TERMINAL ( SOME MOVED A COUPLE BLOCKS UP THE WATERFRONT OF SEATTLE SO THE CRUISECOMPANIES COULD SAVE 20 MINUTEES APIECE ON TUG CHARGES HELPING THEM LEAVE AND PARK THE SHIPS WHEN THEY ENTER SEATL.E

STOP THE N.A.F.T.A EXCUSE FOR FURTHER ABUSE... STOP 3RD WORLD INDUSTRIAL SHIIPPING WHO OWN SOME OF OUR SENATE HOUSE OF REPS AND THIER STAFF AND THE COMMISIONS OF PORT OFFICIALS AND STAFFF WHO TAKE MONEY TO GO ON BOURGOISE VACATIONS THAT CAUSE THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO CAPITULATE AT THE NEGOTATING TABLE RESULTING IN LOCALS SUBSIDIZING HONG KONG WHILE THEY THUMB THIER NOSES AT OUR LAWS REGARDING OIL SPILLS THEY CAUSE (FROM BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES (HIRING THE WRONG WHEEL HOUSE , ENGINE ROOM AND ABLE SEAMEN LABOR TO SAVE MORE SO THEY CAN POCKET MORE NOT BUYING THE PROPER ENGINES AND SHIPS AND BECUZ THEY DONT RESPECT OOUR CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE AND OIL SPILL ASSETS TO CONTAIN BEFORE THE OIL WASHES UP ON SHORE AS A FORM OF CLEANUP KICKBACK TO INSURANCE COMPANY POCKETING A THIRD OF CLEAN UP COSTS THAT ONCE ITS ON THE BEACH THE RESPONSE AND CONTAINMENT HAS FAILED... YET THEY KEEP SPILLING AND POCKETING AND INDEBTING THE U.S. CITIZENS DENIED LIBRARY AND SCHOOL OPENINGS

this just in, and out of your considerations

burr 02.Dec.2009 21:24

the third world is hating us for saying no you better not, damn you the African shanty towns say f y rich man. Yoiu can do with cuts perhaps, but we want to rise up to poverty and the good life and that means pollution. So get your damn elite treaties off our backs.

Of course this message doies not play well with the idealism....

elly

Carbon Dioxide replacing oxygen in the atmosphere is deadly. 17.Dec.2009 22:01

Greenpeace pointed out that the process of putting CO2 into the atmosphere replacing the burned out oxygen is already done by 35% loss of oxygen content. This process must end because we as a specie cannot live on Carbon-Dioxide CO2. This process should have ended by the late eighties of the last century. The EPA designates that 350 is the maximum for CO2, but now stands at 390 and that means already the evolution of life as we know it is being defeated by the disaster of the ecological green balances of life not being able to replace oxygen anymore at a sustainable level as was previously happening before the industrial revolution.

Simply put we cannot live on CO2, so continuing the fossil fuels will result in suffication of the entire species that need oxygen to live. Life is already experiencing life threatening advances and species are dying out with increasing rapidity. End pollution wars, not endless wars for more pollution. Re-tool to the non-pollution solution of wind, tidal, and solar power, and the electricity caused thereby will cancel out the CO2 by about 97% and thusly allow the trees to remove the carbon for cell building and replace clean oxygen back to our atmosphere again at a sustainable rate.